Miss Dior isn't just the name of Christian Dior's first perfume, it's also that of a number of dresses designed by the house's designers, from Monsieur Dior to Raf Simons. DiorMag invites you to rediscover them today, in anticipation of the opening of the Miss Dior exhibition at Paris' Grand Palais next Wednesday.
It's a strapless dress completely embroidered with fabric flowers, designed by Christian Dior in 1949. It's a green tulle short evening dress, a mink-trimmed white silk dress, a wool suit; all three the work of Marc Bohan. It's a strapless dress evoking an Impressionist painting, designed by Raf Simons for his very first couture collection for Dior.
Miss Dior is all that at once: an endlessly reinterpreted dress, a line that evolves over the course of the collections and through the imaginative impulses of their designers, all while maintaining the fresh elegance that has been at the core of its success. Its style has seduced some of the most famous women, even going so far as to cause a few dramas, such as the day in 1961 when, on a brief trip through Moscow, Liz Taylor and Gina Lollobrigida discovered to their astonishment that they were both in a Miss Dior . Making light of the coincidence, they posed together for the photographers, stunning in their full-skirted dresses, the waists delicately highlighted with a silk ribbon sewn with roses and lily-of-the-valley.
And today, what dress evokes the Miss Dior perfume, according to François Demachy, the house's exclusive perfumer-creator? "A dress with a cinched waist, the bust proud: for that is the pure Dior silhouette. It's movement and seduction, a twirling dress with real presence. It doesn't have to be sprayed on the body, but just to have that defined waist." Today, Miss Dior the perfume is embodied by Natalie Portman, feminine and radiant in a strapless dress embroidered with thousands of fabric flowers, designed by Raf Simons for the house's fall-winter 2013-2014 collection. Miss Dior remains more than ever a flower-woman in bloom.